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Dark Suits and Sad Songs

A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 3
Narrated by: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,139 ratings)
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Summary

The third installment in the best-selling DCI Daley series, packed with accurate police procedure and gritty, dark humour. The best of Scottish crime.

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick, DS Scott, wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.

When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation; it's about survival.

©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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excellent value for money

enjoyed every line well worth the time to listen and laugh out loud at some of passages read

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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 13-03-18

Another great story in the series!

I think this is my favourite of the first 3 in this series. Great story and flawless narration as always by David Monteath.

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Sad Songs Say So Much

The third book in the DCI Daley series sees our hero Jim continuing to fight the bad guys and his own personal demons. While doing so he and his fellow police officers and officials are "advised" by the fabulously evocative townfolk of Kinloch. It's one of my absolute favourite parts of the series so far that Meyrick creates this fabulously atmospheric small town in Scotland as a background to his stories.

With David Monteath at the mic you know you're going to get top quality delivery and so we do. It's not as perfect this time because in patches the author over-uses switching between two different scenes to ratchet up the tension. It's a common technique but in this case the switches are very frequent with scant paragraphs between them. There are no pauses or other indicators and so it does require additional attention.

Nonetheless this is a very decent series and the story moved along at a smooth pace, albeit with a slightly darker feel as Daley's sidekick is struggling to recover from his injuries after being shot in the previous book. If I do have a concern about this one and the series going forwards it's whether it's that credible that a small-town cop gets involved in such a level of international intrigue and how Meyrick can follow this up. Looking at the ratings and the reviews already in for the later books it does seem like he has managed it somehow!

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A great listen.

I got into this series entirely the wrong way by listening to The Relentless Tide first, after this I
noted there were a number of books by the same author and have now listened to the whole series. The stories are really to my taste, mystery, intrigue, with a touch of violence, but the thing that adds to the enjoyment is the portrayal of the characters of Kinloch told with such humour and beautiful descriptions of the area. The narrator David Monteath brings it all to life. I have to say I feel the same way about each of the stories and don't know how I'll manage to find my next favourite listen.

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Enjoyable detective series

I enjoyed this as best of the three I have listened to with pleasure . Excellent narrator and good story. Unfortunately the Daley character is a bit unappealing but still a recommendable listen. If there is more I will buy.

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Brilliant

This series.just gets better and better. Love the narrator, he brings the characters to life so well.

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never a disappointment!

another great Jim Daley tale! lived up to expectations and love this narrator. more please 😀

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Lived up to my expectations

Once again, this book has impressed me as much as the previous two books in the series. I will await the fourth book with anticipation and hope it won't be too long a wait.

The narration was as outstanding as ever. The incredible versatility of the reader is a genuine treat which greatly enhances the story. I will go as far as to say that David Monteath is the best narrator I have heard - and I have listened to many, many books!

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Great story, excellent storyteller.

Great story from the series. David Monteath brings all the characters to life with amazing accents.

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Clever trilogy

Good storyline throughout, believable characters and portrayal of a on a small Scottish town recommended

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  • Sue
  • 09-02-19

I love everything about this series.

Great storyline. Great characters. Great Narrator!
You feel yourself getting swept up in the emotion & lives of the characters, the storyline in each series is very believable - & the narrator assists with his easy to listen to tone no matter what character he is voicing. Now for book number 4!

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  • Tracey
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Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Suits and Sad Songs to be better than the print version?

haven,t read print version but i am hooked on D,C,I,Daley books now

What other book might you compare Dark Suits and Sad Songs to and why?

the monkets raincoat an elvis cole .joe pike book good plot

What about David Monteath’s performance did you like?

he is all round good reader characters are good like D,S Scott

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no just enjoyed a good book now to next in series